Paralympics 2012 London


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I done a post on the 2012 Olympics and mentioned how all the participants done so well! Then the Paralympics came round.. And I’m speechless!

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People say that they’re Superhumans and I took that so lightly! I shrugged it off and made nothing of it because I never realised the impact their ‘disability’ had on their lives!

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When the opening ceremony arrived, I looked the athletes that came in on wheelchairs, with no arms, no legs and some with no limbs at all! And that’s where I thought.. How will these people swim, fight and play? How is it humanly possible to do so?

The first game I watched was Basketball.. Which quickly became my favourite! I LOVE IT! As well as watching it for the Olympics, I’ll keep up to date with it throughout the USA, Canada and GB players careers because they’re amazing! How a player can shoot a ball from a standstill (or sit still), with one hand and LAUNCH it to the other side of the court.. It’s beyond my understanding how they do it!

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The training they do is excruciating! Not only for athletes who train day in and day out without the help needed of equipment! Remember.. The sprinters on the tracks have to take the weight of their wheelchairs too.. With their arms!!! THESE PEOPLE ARE AMAZING!!!

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What us viewers and spectators fail to realise is that these people train for YEARS! Not a few months prior. They put their life and soul into their dreams and they don’t stop until they succeed!

These people who have no limbs.. A tragedy which we feel will leave them unable to live their lives normally.. But look at them! They live their lives EVEN MORE! They go abseiling, bun-jee jumping and take part in the worldwide phenomenon.. The Olympics!!

How can a person who has no vision, throw something so far? Someone who has no arms, swim? Someone who has no legs, run? It’s amazing!!!

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Once again:
To all the staff.. Including my beautiful cousin, Miss. A.. CONGRATULATIONS!!! You worked in the Olympics which is probably one of the most rarest jobs in the world!

To all the volunteers.. Thank you for everything you did to make these games so special.

To all the coaches, trainers and health people.. You made some of the best athletes

But most of all.. To the athletes..

Thank you for opening the eyes of those people who are so naive to think that having a physical problem would limit your dreams.

Congratulations for taking part in a once in a lifetime opportunity.. If you’re in the UK, your one-time dream of competing in the most prestigious event in your hometown.. YOU DID IT!

Well Done for being so brave! You are like no other human on the planet.. You’re truly unique!

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Next time you see someone in a wheelchair, don’t label them disabled.. They’re not.. They’re able! More than able! They’re incred-ABLE!

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The best gifts


Now I’m all for giving gifts to people and I think there’s no better feeling than handing someone over a bag of goodies to say thank you! I’m not a great believer of birthdays apart from the closest people in my life.. The reason being because I’m grateful for them.. Although its not something that is practised in my religion. For all you Muslims out there.. If you want to say thank you to someone for all they do for you during the year.. Give people gifts on your birthday because it is your life that they have helped with.

Gift ideas:
For men aged 15+:
Budget 0-£50:
Clothes!! For sure! Or give them a really nice pair of shoes. You can’t go wrong with clothes and if you leave the tag on them, they’ll be able to exchange it from the same store for something else, should they wish to do so.. BAM!

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T Shirt
Trousers

£50-£100: go for aftershave or if you’re really creative make a goody box full of things they like (socks, basic t shirts, favourite foods, beauty products etc)

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Tom Ford Black Orchid

£100+: Here’s where the fun is.. Every birthday Mr. A has had, I’ve spent over a hundred pounds cause the variety is endless! I’ve got him an IPad, LARGE shopping spree, paint balling day with his friends, beauty and hair products galore!

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Paint ball

Gifts for girls aged 15+:
Budget 0-£50:

Simple.. Beauty! So go to Boots and make use of their gift boxes! Body Shop gift packs are the best! Aim to go for things that you know they would wear though as make up is often not returnable! I would say not to go for clothes just because women are rather fussy!

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Gift set

£50-£100: Perfume! You can’t really go wrong with that! If you’re spending this amount money then I would actually take the girl out! Whether you go shopping or to a restaurant, whatever she likes.. Grab it for her :)

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Perfume

£100+: Why does no one give home gifts any more? If you got her a really nice wall decoration or something that she could put in her room, she’d love it! Alternatively, get her a really nice piece of jewellery! Cheekily find out her ring size.. And if you’re a guy.. YES! A girl will think you’re proposing so only do so if you’re serious.. But we girls promise not to take the ring too seriously ;)

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Ring

HAPPY GIFTING!

My MAC make up collection


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I’m not the biggest fan of MAC, if i’m honest.. HOWEVER! Some of their products are truly unique. When i buy make up, I look for things that no other company has. Price isn’t so much of an issue for me as I have a wide mixture of low-end, mid-end and high-end brands. When i find something that is on offer or that i find is really good value for money, I snap it up! But i’m not afraid to spend a little on something, too.

I was thinking about what brand to show my collection of and chose MAC cause i have the perfect amount of products to do a decent sized post on and also.. Cause i think i have some of their staple pieces! Matched with the fact that they are available worldwide WOO!

HERE IT GOESSSSSSS.

  • MAC Studio Tech Foundation which i have in NC20 and NW30. I don’t tan.. It’s a curse i know and i like to give the illusion that i am. So i keep the lighter shade for the winter and mix them both together in the summer for a healthy glow. I’m not a cool tone or warm tone and so sometimes with MAC, i end up getting 2 foundations :( The foundation i have in the compact form and it ‘s lovely! I think blending it in with your fingers works the best though as it is so creamy it needs a little help or doesn’t sink into your skin well but it’s the perfect coverage and looks flawless!
  • MAC Matchmaster Foundation and i’m in 1.0 and this is more like it MAC! Finally, a mixture of both NC and NW and this colour is fantastic! The foundation is creamy and can sometimes feel quite heavy too.. but it you mix it with a bit of your primer or face cream.. it’s a dream!
  • MAC Studio Fix Foundation which i have in NW25 and it is way too dark for me! The foundation however is really thick so using a light hand, i use my Real Techniques Buffing Brush and buff it onto my skin and it looks really nice. It’s good in summer cause it’s matte and with a little the natural oils that gather in your face in the heat, it goes dewy. That’s another thing about me.. I don’t like dewy foundations in summer because as you “perspire” you get so much oil and sweat on your face you look like a disco ball! So i use a matte or powder foundation cause its a neutral balance :)
  • MAC Lustre Drops… Highlight… AMAZING… In foundation or on cheek bones. I got Pink Rebel.. What else can i say.. It’s as good as everyone says it to be. Because its cream.. It won’t fall all over your cheeks or smudge.. It’ll set and looks brilliant. And they have some amazing shades
  • MAC LIPSTICKS! I LOVE! Their formulas are amazing, creamy and long lasting and their smell! I LOVE THAT SMELL! I only have a few but thats only because i get so overwhelmed by their zillions of colours! Angel, shy girl, sequin, faux, impassioned, patisserie are some of my faves! Sequin’s a weird one but i really like it on me! Its like a copper brown colour. I’ve always wanted a brown but never found one that looked good on me. a dupe for sequin is Clinique Bamboo Pink which is almost identical!
  • MAC Blushes! I go against the norm by choosing their powder blushes over their cream blushes. Cream blushes just don’t last on me AT ALL! I chose Pink Swoon, Frankly Scarlet and Desert Rose. These are super pigmented apart from Pink Swoon which is a sheer tone blush so for SUPER PALE people or when you want just a light dusting of colour. MAC blushes are by far my favourite and Frankly Scarlet is my favourite of all time because one little dab in the pan and you’re done for both cheeks!

When i got into MAC, no one ever used to mention the prices of the products and nor do they have them listed at the counters. Their foundations range from £16 – £29 so, more than high street but think about Bourjois who have their Healthy Mix range at £11.99! FOR DRUGSTORE!?!?!

Lustre drops are £17.50 so VERY HIGH END for a highlighter. But Benefits infamous High Beam and Moon Beam are around the same too!

Lipsticks are £13.50 and the most staple pieces you could find. Spend the extra money and get them because i think they’re just FABULOUS!

Mac Blushes are $17.50 and this is a lot for a blush. But if you choose a super rich colour that is very pigmented (like most of the MAC range is), you’ll get your money’s worth because the product lasts you so long!

Here’s the MAC site! you can get MAC from Debenhams, John Lewis, MAC stores, Selfridges, Fenwicks, House of Fraser and online!

Debenhams are doing duty free prices on all their beauty products at the moment and MAC online have free shipping on orders over £30! So take advantage my fellow Make Up Addicts!

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